The Trip Home

Last week we spent the week in Texas for our niece Abby’s wedding. You know how much we love her.

Which is why we went to the Texas heat in June. Later this week will be posts about the trip and the wedding, but this one is about getting home yesterday.  It was an adventure…. Continue reading “The Trip Home”

The Scenic Route

Its been a long busy WET month.

Halfway through the month of March we have already received our average amount of rain. As I type this, its is raining now, and will be raining tomorrow as well!  UGH!!

But this is NOT about the weather, it’s about a father and son taking the long way home… Continue reading “The Scenic Route”

Its been a long haul

So what happens when it is halfway through the month of December and our hero Mountainstroh has a total of 10 (nope not a typo, ten) bike miles so far? Well for one, he starts wondering just how many layers he will need to ride in 30 degree weather, and for two, the blog needs other inspiration to keep it from dying an early death. Tonight I stumbled on a bit of a spark. Continue reading “Its been a long haul”

Our turn to be support crew!

Anyone who has been following me for the last week knows that during the ride on the Oregon coast, we had the best support crew ever! Michelle and Kim took very good care of us!

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On Sunday, it was time for Rob and I to give back! Continue reading “Our turn to be support crew!”

A run to the ocean

Ever look around and realize DAMN! the year is half over and HOLY CRAP! it’s already August! I’d been saying all year that the MC (previously known as the Manchild) and I needed to go somewhere just the two of us.  Michelle, thankfully, keeps me on track, and this last weekend was the time to do it… Continue reading “A run to the ocean”

A very cool Father’s day!

Somewhere close to 23 years ago I became a dad for the first time. As with all dads, I lamented that there was not an instruction manual, took 5 minute power naps in the car before driving home from work, and discovered that not covering the nether regions of a boy while changing a diaper could result in both of us needing a shower!

Unlike other dads (I am assuming here) I found the infant stage boring (they are essentially paperweights and don’t do much) and I though Father’s Day was silly. Most years, this one included, people had to remind me it was coming…. Continue reading “A very cool Father’s day!”

The Manchild

On Facebook Saturday I posted this:

As a young dad, it is a win every day the next morning shines and the baby boy is smiling and you haven’t broken him.Those small victories continue to build until suddenly the Manchild is no longer a child, he is a man walking across the stage for his high school graduation.Eric Valente did that walk today and did himself proud. Sadly he has to go home and study for his finals at Highline community college tonight, but that makes us even more proud of him! Good job dude,  Michelle and I love you!

Yep Saturday night, our youngest graduated… Continue reading “The Manchild”

Just Dumb Fun

We all get busy. Kids have homework, adults have errands and chores and work and responsibilities. Somehow we also have to fit in workouts, reading books, sleep and yep, even writing a blog. Because of this, weekends end up going by too quickly.

Michelle and I share a brain, and quite often we both have the same thought simultaneously.  Last week I looked at her and said, “Its been a long time since the Manchild and I did something fun together.” She nodded immediately, saying “I meant to mention that to you! It has been!”

Today we fixed that! Continue reading “Just Dumb Fun”

Friends in Low Places

I am not a big country and western fan, but there are a few I will bust into ‘harmony’ (or lack there of) with when they come on the radio, or Pandora or someone’s play list.  One it Garth Brooks’ Friends in Low Places.

Well I’ve got friends in low places, where the whiskey burns and the beer chases the blues away, and I’ll be okay….

Now I’ve got three friends who date back from the WSU days.  I’ve done many a post that involved Jim, Dave and Scott.

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We have helped each other time and again.  And even though we may see each other in person less than once a year (even less for Jim who is on the East Coast) our friendship never suffers.  Yesterday, it was my turn to call for help Continue reading “Friends in Low Places”

Its the doing that matters.

Every other Sunday or so, in addition to watching a new episode of The Walking Dead on AMC, I also get to take the Manchild home from his weekend with us. Over the years, certain traditions have developed.  He get’s to DJ the radio, he likes to check out cool cars (and cute girls in cars)  and we talk for the entire trip.

The talks can revolve around video games, school work, The Walking Dead or whatever pops into our heads.  This week, after passing people playing soccer in the rain, we started talking about the sports he has been involved with over the years. Continue reading “Its the doing that matters.”